In summer 2010, Aston Martin faced an aggressive development schedule for its AMR-One race car, which it planned to enter in the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) beginning in March 2011. Plastic prototypes needed to be created quickly and on-site throughout Aston Martin’s design and build schedule, which was less than six months, from autumn 2010 to the end of February 2011.
Netherlands-based NP Plastics manufactures injection-molded parts 24 hours a day. Recently, NP Plastics faced a challenge concerning the plastic rollers it makes for the closing mechanism of document binders.
Grace White Glass manufactures high-end drawer pulls and cabinet handles. The company had been experiencing problems with the epoxy adhesive it was using for the bond. Curing performance was inconsistent, and handles occasionally came apart in use.
In the food-processing industry, retractable conveyors need to be fast and reliable. The main challenge for conveyor manufacturer KLEENLine has been to find components that could overcome friction problems in various locations within the conveyor.
Recently, Lockheed Martin automated the process of painting F-35 Lightning II jets at its Raleigh, NC, plant in order to save time, improve process control and protect workers from potentially harmful paint fumes.
Recently, a well-known European hybrid car manufacturer asked Satrotec AG to produce a high-voltage wiring system inside an encapsulated electronic enclosure. The automaker specified 180 milliliters of proportioned and mixed polyurethane encapsulant be automatically and accurately dispensed into the electronic enclosure.
Recently, Alfmeier Präzision AG sought a way to improve the performance of lumbar-support devices they supply for seats in luxury cars. The problem involved the devices’ subsystem, which was damaging adjacent seat foam and failing prematurely.
Cummins Inc. faced a challenge when developing its off-highway Tier 3 QSX engine a few years ago. The manufacturer had to find a way to keep the engine’s exhaust manifold joints secure enough to withstand severe vibration, joint fatigue and temperature extremes present in industrial field use.
When Prüfrex received a major new contract to produce small engine ignition control systems for forestry and garden machines, the company decided to replace its existing semiautomated production line with a faster, more powerful alternative.
Watch case component connections are machined at Titan Industries' manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu. Until recently, the components were loaded manually into machines. However, manual loading significantly limited production speed, so Titan automated the process with a robot.